Date:Tuesday June 16 2009
Manchester City Club Chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak has stated that the Mark Hughes hopes to sign another four to six players but will not be held to ransom by greedy clubs.
Al Mubarak said, 'We will shrink our squad and add four to six players. Key for us is that we trust Mark and any acquisition is based on his view.
'I`m frustrated with people assuming we are going to throw crazy money at deals, that we won`t understand true values and we can`t negotiate or get value for a player. We`ve had numbers thrown at us that are a joke.
'There are situations where a £10 million player will be offered to us for a City price of £20 million. We just leave because at that point there`s no point arguing; if people are throwing crazy numbers at us, fine, deals won`t be done.'
'Look at Sheikh Mansour; he`s a very shrewd businessman who has conducted himself in a professional way. I will defend the value of every deal we have done.
'Look at our Robinho deal. If he went in this transfer window for the same price it would be a steal. Our deals to date presented fair value to the clubs we brought them from, fair value to us and are typical of the type of deals we are looking to make.'
Commenting on the recent transfer of former City target Kaka to Real Madrid, the City Chairman said, 'When we looked at Kaká, the numbers being thrown around were crazy, suddenly in the news you see 'City are crazy` and 'City are irresponsible`.
'Why is it when Real Madrid not only talks about but actually closes two deals, like the ones they`ve closed with the numbers they`ve committed to, it`s fine?'
Date:Tuesday June 16 2009
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